Ladies slam Incline Village 42-29
The buzzer sounded and the Wolverine varsity girls’ basketball team sprinted down the court, setting a tone for the rest of the game against Incline High School on Tuesday evening that was nothing short of dynamic, aggressive and spirited.
Truckee put the first points on the board thanks to a successful free throw by Heather Shove and maintained the lead throughout the rest of the game over their Incline neighbors.
A collaborative effort on behalf of Truckee resulted in baskets by nearly every member of the team, and catapulted the Wolverine squad to a 26-9 lead by halftime.
Fouling in the second half slowed both sides with 10 team fouls apiece, and the Wolverines lost some momentum shooting less than 30 percent from the line. The Highlanders were able to gain some ground in the second half, shooting just under 500 in free throws. Foul opportunities allowed the small Incline team to score without facing the wrath of Shove and teammates under the net.
The strength of the TTHS defense shut down the Highlanders offensive drive throughout the duration of the game, with domination under the net by Emily DeCarlo, Deidre Panziera and Shove. Point guard Natalie Pratt took solid command of the play, slowing down the game and distributing the ball around the court. This not only offset the Highlander defensive strategy of closing out Lauren Gordon, but allowed for Ashley Long, Keely Carollo, and Leilani Mullen to step in and put points on the Wolverines side.
Shove led the team with 15 points for her efforts, followed by Gordon with nine, and Long with six.
After a slow third quarter in which Incline worked to reduce the Wolverine lead, the fluid Truckee team picked up its inside game and sealed a victory pulling ahead 42-29.
Coming off this home win, the ladies will take on Manogue on Friday, Jan. 26.
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